How to Spend 5 Days in Athens


Once you have booked your suite at Sir Athens, you are ready to start exploring the Greek capital. Here is a 5-day itinerary where you get to see the city highlights and enjoy the best of what Athens has to offer.

Day 1
Start off with the biggest landmark in Athens, the Acropolis. This complex of temples perched atop the known as “Sacred Rock” offers a fascinating insight into ancient Greece, as well as fantastic viewpoints over the city. The site includes the Theater of Dionysus, built in the 4th century B.C. and the Odeon of Herodus Atticus. Once you are done sightseeing, make your way down to the historic district of Plaka, where you can wander the small streets lined with old and renovated neoclassical mansions. Don’t forget to walk around Anafiotika, the charming Cycladic-like district under the Acropolis. End the day in the vibrant square of Monastiraki for some people-watching before having dinner in the colorful neighborhood of Psyrri.

Day 2
Start the day early with a visit to the Acropolis Museum after a delicious breakfast. After the museum experience, head towards Hadrian’s Arch and the often-forgotten site of the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Next, set off to the Marble Stadium or Kalimarmaro to learn all about the fascinating history of the stadium and the modern Olympic Games before going the Zappeion and the National Gardens. Make your way towards Syntagma square and the Parliament house before heading to the Museum of Cycladic Art. End your exploration with a refreshing drink at the museum’s cafeteria or head to the busy Syntagma square for a well-deserved dinner downtown.

Day 3
This is the day where you can combine some sightseeing and architectural wonders. Start off at the Benaki Museum, where you will learn about the Greek culture from prehistory to the 20th century. Afterwards, make your way to Panepistimiou street where you can discover the impressive neoclassic buildings of the Numismatic Museum, the University, the Academy and the National Library before making your way to the National Archaeological Museum on Patission Street. You can definitely take advantage of Sir Athens location and wander through the streets of Exarchia, the most “bohemian” and “underground” neighborhood of Athens.

Day 4
Time to get acquainted with the Monastiraki and Thisseio districts, filled with ruins of the Roman Agora, the Tower of Winds and the Stoa of Attalos. Buy handmade items from street vendors in Thiseio before wandering around the market and the antique shops that remind the glamor of old Athens. Head out to Piraeus to discover the picturesque neighborhood of Kastella, and feel the time has stopped.

Day 5
Take a break from the bustling city and head to Sounio to see the Temple of Poseidon. On the way, admire the Athenian Riviera and along the coast before reaching the sacred area of Attica peninsula. Breathe the fresh air admire and explore the scenery.

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